The victims of breast operations performed by disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson are to receive a total of £37m in compensation.
The £37m fund is in addition to the £9.6m that the NHS has already paid out in damages to 212 people who received botched or unnecessary surgery at the hands of this surgeon. Paterson worked at various times for the NHS and at Spire’s Little Aston and Parkway hospitals between 1997 and 2011. The Spire Hospital has since issued an unreserved apology to his victims.
Paterson, who was branded “a butcher” by his victims, was found guilty in May 2017 of 17 counts of wounding with intent and was jailed for 15 years. This sentence was increased to 20 years after the Court of Appeal found it to be unduly lenient.
The Ian Paterson Compensation Fund will provide damages to around 750 patients who are currently bringing claims. In addition the fund will provide the means for redress to any new claims brought before the cut-off date of 30 October, 2018. The deal is still subject to approval by the High Court, which is expected to consider the terms of a formal order in October 2017.
David Hawkins, a Clinical Negligence Lawyer at Verisona Law said “I am pleased to see that Paterson’s former employers have finally accepted their responsibility to compensate the victims of his needless and negligent surgery. Although no amount of money can fully make up for the physical and mental damage that has been done, at least this settlement may help them to come to terms with his actions, and move on.”
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